Which may be coming to a close soon.
I see people are doing this, no idea why, but whatever, my turn.
So, I've always liked drawing, and I used to be on this site called Rooster Teeth, they’re the guys that make Red vs. Blue, although I originally found the site through The Sims 2 series "The Strangerhood", but anyway, I can’t remember exactly but I guess I saw someone’s art in the art forum there and they had a Deviant Art gallery, and I’d been wanting to submit my art somewhere it could be seen by anyone but didn't want to give up copyright on it, so after giving the rules and policies and user agreement a thorough read I decided to join under the username “DocRossim” which I was using on The Sims 2, Youtube and Rooster Teeth at the time.
At first seemed like a great site – met some cool folk, found lots of great art, seemed like a fun place. Can't remember what the first thing I posted was, probably on the other page, might not have even put it back up, some of it was pretty bad. Not that anything I draw these days is any good, but at least I was inspired to draw stuff back then.
Then the darker areas of Deviant Art began to creep more to the surface...
Early on it was easy to ignore, I was finding new friends here, getting to know people, and I wasn't that bothered by some stuff like furry art, in fact I made an alternate account to experiment with some furry stuff of my own but later closed it when I decided it wasn't really for me, took down some stuff I wasn't comfortable with and posted the tamer stuff to my normal account.
Then I started coming across more and more disturbing fetish art when browsing, even with the mature content filter turned on...
I stared to block people whose artwork I found disturbing.
When groups started, my artwork started to get more popular as it reached more of the people who wanted to see it, and I got made an admin of the Dragonsrule-Club after designing the group's mascot, Roy, and decided to start drawing more dragon characters and revisit some of my old characters more.
I also found myself drawing a lot of gifts for the friends I'd made on D.A., an idea I got from other D.A. members who would draw art as gifts.
There's far too many to post here but they can be found here: ross-sanger.deviantart.com/gal…
Meanwhile, elsewhere on the internet, I had decided to stop using “DocRossim” for various reasons, and on D.A. in particular I wanted to look more professional, so I made a new page under my real name, Ross Sanger. I posted some of the better stuff from my old page and my now closed alternate account, told my various friends where to find the new page, and continued to use the site regularly.
I think some of my best work was done after this, which includes my re-design of the Urban Dragons, and my Chinese new year artworks:
I regret not posting more though, I often have very high standards for myself and won't post unfinished work. This meant that most of my Eddsworld fan art, for instance, I never posted, up until Edd's untimely passing...
Over the years though, friends started leaving or coming on D.A. less, there were more and more weird fetish pictures and other bizarre stuff surfacing to D.A.’s front page, and I found that I was deleting some pictures out of paranoia when they seemed to be getting a lot of attention from people that had large fetish sections to their favourites...
There also started to be more and more vindictive people on D.A. attacking other people’s art for petty reasons, as well as certain artists focusing more and more on negative things, sarcastic parodies and hate art. More screenshots and stolen images were coming to D.A.’s popular pages too, and staff often ignored reports.
When D.A.’s adverts started to bring up malware popups and fake update downloads I had to start using Ad Block on D.A. to stop them, which I feel a little guilty about, but if D.A. can’t police their own ads then it’s their own fault, maybe if the subscription was actually worth something more people would pay for it.
Gradually I found the site was annoying me more and more, creating an atmosphere hostile to artistic development rather than nurturing to it, and I began to feel unwelcome.
In the end, I don’t regret joining, I met some new friends who I wouldn't have met if I had not and who I wouldn't give up now for the world, but D.A. is not the place it once was, it’s really gone downhill a lot in the past few years. The site itself is, in terms of the actual mechanics of the site, still a user-friendly, efficient way of broadcasting your art on the internet, but the community... the community has changed, and that means the content has changed, and not in a good way.
So, after some recent events both on D.A. and in real life I am starting to feel like I want to leave Deviant Art. I'll likely leave the page up, but the site has just become more a source of anger for me than a source of anything good. Then again, the internet in general has become like that, as soon as any site becomes well known it attracts a bunch of perverts and trolls and idiots. Urgh. Anyway, that's my experience of Deviant Art over the years.
To those of you who made the good times here good, I thank you, but... I am starting to get the feeling the good times here are over for me.